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T-Force Dark ROG DDR4-3000 (16GB) Review

T-Force Dark ROG DDR4-3000 (16GB) Review

T-Force Dark ROG DDR4-3000 modules are the latest development in Team Group’s memory range. The company announced a selection of DDR4 products last year, and it’s now gone a step further. Joining the ranks of Corsair and Avexir, Team Group now boasts ROG certified status. ROG certification represents best-use with Asus’ ROG motherboards, and that may tip the balance if you’re considering a future purchase.

The Dark ROG DDR4-3000 kit we have here is 16GB (2x 8GB). It’s produced using ‘selected’ high-quality Samsung IC chips, is rated at 1.35V, and delivers timings of 16-18-18-38. The kit supports XMP, and comes with a lifetime warranty. What we’re not yet certain of is price. This kit isn’t currently available from usual suppliers, although based on non-UK pricing we’d expect a tag of approximately £150. On first-look, a price around that mark would be about right. Lower would obviously be better.

Aside from ROG certification and the stated tech specs, what else does that money secure? A striking design for sure. Dark ROG DDR4-3000 memory comes in two dual-tone themes: red/black or grey/black. As with Corsair and Avexir modules, those themes will suit Asus ROG motherboards. Team Group’s heat-spreader design may be more of an acquired taste. The company calls it the only four-piece heat-spreader in the market, and though it may divide opinion the ‘knight armor’ design is certainly eye-catching.


Given the ROG certification of this kit, we had to change up our test rig. Out went our non-ROG motherboard and in came the ROG Strix Z270E Gaming. Using this board, we pitted the Dark ROG DDR4-3000 against another 16GB (2x 8GB) kit – the Ballistix Tactical DDR4-3000. Both kits are optimised at 1.35V, although our Ballistix Tactical delivers timings of 15-16-16-35 to the Dark ROG’s 16-18-18-38.Dark ROG DDR4-3000 module shot

To ensure the best comparison of performance between the two, we ran both kits through our benchmarks paired with an Intel Core i7 7700K. The Core i7 ran at stock speeds, and the only changes to the system were memory profiles. XMP profiles were activated on both Dark ROG and Ballistix kits before taking on our benchmarks. Once tested, we re-entered the BIOS, changing the Dark ROG’s XMP profile to the available ROG profile. We then re-ran the benchmarks for the Dark ROG kit.

Both kits adopted XMP profiles without issue, and the Dark ROG kit adopted the ROG profile seamlessly too. The ROG profile did nothing for the kits timings, but it did boost DRAM frequency from 3000MHz to 3200MHz.

Dark ROG DDR4-3000 kit using XMP profile

Dark ROG DDR4-3000 kit using ROG profile



Test System:

  • Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Samsung 850 Pro SSD
  • Asus ROG Strix Z270E Gaming
  • Noctua NH-U12S
  • Corsair AX1500i
  • Windows 10 Pro

Dark ROG kit using the ROG profile is noted as (ROG) in below benchmarks.

As our benchmarks show, there wasn’t much at all between the two kits across all tests. With XMP profiles enabled, our Ballistix Tactical kit took a small loss in Cinebench’s CPU test. Yet it managed to deliver the strongest results in single and multi-threaded memory tests…just. The Dark ROG DDR4-3000 struggled to keep up in our Handbrake video test, although gaming performance was more or less identical.

Things improved slightly for the Dark ROG kit with its ROG memory profile activated. Memory bandwidth results were the clear beneficiary. Here the addition of 200MHz to the DRAM frequency hinted at a solid boost in performance. However, this didn’t quite light the touch-paper for all tests.

In the Cinebench GPU benchmark things barely improved, and we saw no performance gain in Cinebench’s CPU benchmark either. There were some victories: seconds were knocked off the Dark ROG’s 4K to 1080p conversion time. That put it on par with the Ballistix Tactical’s 66 seconds. The Dark ROG kit then improved its minimum frames per seconds by a single frame in both Battlefield 1 and Fallout 4. It isn’t exactly anything to get excited about, but it might matter to those wanting the highest minimum frame rates achievable.

T-Force Dark ROG DDR4-3000 – Conclusion

This Dark ROG DDR4 kit is clearly capable, although not extraordinary. And while it might not have knocked our socks off, it put in a good showing against decent opposition. It also managed to show a little extra when making use of its ROG memory profile. Not a lot, but to be honest extra performance per pound is always going to be a bonus.

Quite how many pounds that bonus (and the kit itself) will cost remains to be seen. The final price will clearly prove key in most buying decisions, and we maintain our earlier suggestion of £150 as an upper limit. That’s given the Ballistix Tactical’s price of £145, but we’ve allowed for a premium on style too. After all this kit is striking. That’s good, and it won’t look out of place in a ROG-themed system.

Not a ROG advocate? There’s no compelling reason to be considering this kit above other DDR4-3000 options. But if you are, you should be well-served just as long as the price is right.

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Kevin Pocock

Kevin is a tech-lover with over a decade's experience testing, reviewing and writing about all kinds of kit.

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